Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader

Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader

by Uli Linke
     
 

In Cultures of Fear, a truly world-class line up of scholars explore the formation and normalisation of fear in the context of war and terrorism.

"Freedom from fear" is a universal right and fundamental for human well-being. People often look to governments, humanitarian agencies, and other institutions to further this aim. However, this book shows that

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In Cultures of Fear, a truly world-class line up of scholars explore the formation and normalisation of fear in the context of war and terrorism.

"Freedom from fear" is a universal right and fundamental for human well-being. People often look to governments, humanitarian agencies, and other institutions to further this aim. However, this book shows that these organisations often use the same "logic of fear" to monitor, control, and contain human beings in zones of violence.

This is an excellent interdisciplinary reader for students of anthropology, sociology and politics. Contributors include Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, Catharine MacKinnon, Neil Smith, Cynthia Enloe, David L. Altheide, Cynthia Cockburn and Carolyn Nordstrum.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745329666
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
Anthropology, Culture and Society Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Uli Linke is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology in the US. She is the author of several books including German Bodies (1999), Blood and Nation (1999), and Denying Biology (1996). Danielle Taana Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at RIT.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Fear: a conceptual framework - Uli Linke and Danielle Taana Smith

Part One: Cultures of Fear
2. The New War against Terror - Noam Chomsky (MIT)
3. Engineering Ruins and Affect - Joseph Masco (University of Chicago)
4. Terrorism and the Politics of Fear - David L. Altheide (Arizona State University)
5. Welcome to the Desert of the Real - Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana)

Part Two: States of Terror
6. Human Rights and Complex Emergencies - Lucia Ann McSpadden and John R. MacArthur (Pacific School of Religion & Centers for Disease Control)
7. Speechless Emissaries - Liisa H. Malkki (Stanford University)
8. Trauma and Vulnerability During War - Doug Henry (University of North Texas)
9. The Violence of Humanitarianism - Miriam Ticktin (New School for Social Research)

Part Three: Zones of Violence
10. Gender, Terrorism, and War - Susan J. Brison (Dartmouth College)
11. The Continuum of Violence - Cynthia Cockburn (City University London)
12. Child Soldiers - Julia Dickson-Gómez (Medical College of Wisconsin)
13. Girls Behind the (Front) Lines - Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre Dame)
14. On the Run - Solrun Williksen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Part Four: Intimacies of Suffering
15. War and Sexual Violence - Elisabeth Jean Wood (Yale University)
16. Militarizing Women's Lives - Cynthia Enloe (Clark University)
17. The Political Economy of Rape - Meredeth Turshen (Rutgers University)
18. On the Torture of Others - Susan Sontag

Part Five: Normalizing Terror
19. Cultural Appropriations of Suffering - Arthur Kleinman and Joan Kleinman (Harvard University)
20. The Biopolitics of Disposability - Henry A. Giroux (MacMaster University)
21. Empire of Camps - Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University)

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